Workers’ Compensation Update – Recent Article: Non-Drug Therapy is Recommended First for Chronic Low Back Pain

February 21, 2017 by on News

In a recent article on entitled, “Don’t Prescribe Drugs for Back Pain, Doctors Told” by Maggie Fox and Jane Derenowski, published on February 14, 2016, indicates that the American College of Physicians (ACP) now recommend non-pharmacologic treatment instead of prescription medication for treating low back pain.  Claims professionals in the workers’ compensation industry know that back pain and chronic back pain are the most frequent injuries sustained by injured workers and can include exacerbation and aggravation of pre-existing conditions.

Today, we often see providers recommending medications during the first visit.  However, according to the article, the ACP now formally recommends providers first prescribe modalities such as exercise, acupuncture, yoga, massage, electromyography biofeedback, cognitive and spinal manipulation and other treatments, and only consider “opioids as a last option for treatment in patients who have failed other therapies’“.  This is a good topic for nurse case managers and defense counsel during doctor conferences in matters involving overutilization, drug seeking claimants, and/or to discourage numerous and costly medications.

Boyd & Jenerette – Workers’ Compensation & Employment

Comprehensive Services

Many cases overlap several areas of law. As a full service law firm, we are able to recognize how one legal discipline impacts another. We work as a team on complex issues that require knowledge of a variety of state and federal laws. This multi-disciplinary approach allows clients to receive the large-firm advantage of access to multiple attorneys in a wide scope of practice areas as well as the hands-on customer service offered by a boutique law firm. In addition to civil litigation, employment law, workers’ compensation defense, commercial law, construction law and appeals, our firm also handles professional liability claims.

Our bilingual staff is available to assist with immigration matters, including consular and removal defenses.